The Waterfront Hotel: Affordable Luxury In The Heart Of Kuching City

Review of The Waterfront Hotel Kuching | 68 Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg
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Located on the island of Borneo, Kuching is the capital of Sarawak, a state of East Malaysia. The bustling capital city is a good base for travellers who would like to explore Sarawak for its vast wilderness and unique heritage. There is an eclectic range of accommodation options to suit all sorts of budget and needs of travellers in the city. But if you are looking for a hotel that allows you to enjoy simple luxuries without digging too deep into your pocket, The Waterfront Hotel might just be the perfect choice for you. Here’s why!

One of the newest kids on the block

The Waterfront Hotel building

Officially opened only in early 2016, The Waterfront Hotel is one of the newest options to be added to the long list of accommodation in Kuching. In fact, the property is the newest deluxe hotel in Kuching, currently awaiting the 5-star hotel accreditation by Sarawak Tourism Board. Thus, if you are a traveller with a penchant for new hotels like me, then The Waterfront Hotel is a great pick not to miss in Kuching!

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Superb location by the waterfront in the heart of the city

You may argue, being new does not necessarily mean it is a great hotel to stay in. Yes, that is true. Location is also an important consideration when deciding on where to stay for your trip. Like all towns and cities in Borneo, the city area is centred along the river. No prizes for guessing where this barely-2-year-old hotel is located though, for the name tells it all.

Located by the Sarawak River waterfront, The Waterfront Hotel boasts a wonderful location in the heart of the city. Staying in this hotel is extremely convenient, as it is surrounded by numerous shops and restaurants in town with a picturesque backdrop of the tranquil waterfront. Furthermore, The Waterfront Hotel is directly connected to the modern Plaza Merdeka shopping mall, which is home to the local supermarket chain – Everrise and departmental giant – Parkson, as well as many trendy fashion boutiques and familiar restaurants. On the other side of the hotel entrance is the historic Old Courthouse complex built in 1874. The stark contrast of Old World charm alongside chic urban facilities make The Waterfront Hotel the perfect choice for a unique stay.

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Contemporary large guest rooms to rest and relax in

The Waterfront Hotel has 208 contemporarily furnished guest rooms, including 31 suites and 2 loft suites housed from level 5 to 11 of the property. Room size starts from a large 32 square metres (344 square feet) even for the lowest tier guest rooms in the hotel, with fascinating views of either the city centre or Sarawak River. So even if you are budget conscious, you do not have to compromise on space and comfort. Suites are even roomier at 52 square metres (560 square feet). Furthermore, enjoy delightful executive floor privileges if you book a suite stay at The Waterfront Hotel. These include complimentary return airport transfers, exclusive private check-in, express check-out services and happy hour refreshments in the evenings at the Executive Lounge on the 11th floor.

Just like any other luxury boutique hotels, all guest rooms are fitted with complimentary high-speed Internet access, together with comfortable beds to rest in, as well as modern amenities such as touch panel enabled privacy options and flat screen TV. In addition, it is good to note that there are multiple universal electrical sockets in all rooms too. Not only can you charge a few electronic devices at the same time, you also need not worry whether you have brought the right travel adapter out for travelling! Of course, everything in the room is new and well-maintained, given the hotel was only opened early last year. It certainly feels great to retreat back to such a large and comfortable room after a long day of adventure out!

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Chill in the indoor infinity pool with unparalleled views of the city

Infinity pools may not be raising eyebrows these days as often as before, but it is still a cool experience to be able to chill in one in the heart of Kuching. As if that is not fabulous enough, the infinity pool at The Waterfront Hotel is housed indoors, located on level 4 of the property, overlooking the Sarawak River and beyond. The pool is exclusively opened to all guests via card access only from 7.30 am to 7.00 pm daily. Rain or shine, you can swim a lap or two in the pool, or simply relax in its clear waters, while checking out unparalleled views of the city. On a clear day, you can even admire the highest peak of Kuching – Mount Santubong about 35 kilometres (21.7 mi) north of the city.

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Luxurious comfort for an awesome Sarawak vacation

Sarawak is an alluring destination to many, particularly those with an adventurous mindset. Base yourself in Kuching City for easy accessibility to all major attractions in the charming East Malaysian state. While there are numerous budget hostels and hotels for the cost conscious, there are not as many affordable luxury hotels you can choose from.

Fortunately, with the addition of The Waterfront Hotel in Kuching since January 2016, you no longer need to splurge for a hotel stay to enjoy the finer things in life. From a reasonably priced 250 MYR (59.20 USD) per night for the lowest tier deluxe twin-sharing room, you get to enjoy spanking new hotel amenities, superb location, and modern large guest rooms with state-of-the-art facilities. Furthermore, expect to receive only the best in Kuching hospitality throughout your stay. Check in to The Waterfront Hotel for an awesome vacation in Kuching soon!

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